Information acquisition, learning and the adoption of conservation agriculture in Malawi: a discrete-time duration analysis

Robertson Khataza, Graeme Doole, Marit Kragt, Atakelty Hailu

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Abstract

Understanding factors that influence the adoption of agricultural innovations is imperative to stakeholders promoting such technologies as well as farmers who are the potential users of the same. Using a discrete-time duration model, this study identifies factors that determine the timing of adoption of conservation agriculture (CA) in Malawi. We establish that social learning through a network of peers, and access to extension advisors facilitates quick adoption of conservation agriculture technologies. Further, our results show that farmers who became aware of the existence of conservation agriculture during years of drought-hazards were highly likely to adopt these practices. The results highlight the need for strengthening and targeting social networks as conduits for information about new technologies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-307
JournalTechnological Forecasting and Social Change
Volume132
Issue numberJuly
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018

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Malawi
Agriculture
Conservation
Learning
Technology
Drought
Droughts
Social Support
Hazards
Innovation
Duration analysis
Discrete-time
Information acquisition
Farmers

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